45-Hour Online Advanced Pharmacology Course

This course is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for initial furnishing requirements, as well as continuing education.

Course Objectives

(Adapted from the California Board of Registered Nursing Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number Application.)

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1.   Use data obtained from the health assessment of the patient to identify an appropriate therapeutic regimen, including drugs and/or devices

2.   Use knowledge of pharmacokinetics when developing a therapeutic regimen that maximizes the therapeutic effectiveness while minimizing adverse reactions.

3.   Use knowledge of pharmacodynamics to observe the effects of drugs and/or devices on a patient, predict the patient’s response, and understand the effects of the drugs and/or devices.

4.   Evaluate the response and compliance of the patient to the drugs and/or devices and implement appropriate action.

5.   Provide appropriate patient education regarding prescribed/furnished drugs and/or devices.

6.   Prescribe/furnish drugs and/or devices pursuant to standardized procedures and in conformance with applicable laws, codes and/or regulations, including knowledge of Pharmacy rules and regulations, Health & Safety Codes and the Federal Register.

7.   Examine appropriate guidelines for the pharmacological management of selected health care syndromes/diseases commonly encountered with awareness of patient’s nutrition, culture, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

8.   Use knowledge and awareness of the role of herbal and natural remedies while treating disease states.

Topical Outline:

  • Drug Information Resources and Advanced Introductory Principles of Pharmacology
  • Ethnopharmacology: Understanding Differences in Drug Response Based on Race/Ethnicity?
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Advanced Pharmacology Course Requirements (Required of all candidates seeking approval by the BRN)
  • Peripheral and Central Nervous System Agents and Psychopharmacology
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology Part 1
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology Part 2
  • Renal Pharmacology
  • Exam 1 (Drug Information Resources and Advanced Introductory Principles, Ethnopharmacology, Peripheral and Central Nervous System Agents and Psychopharmacology, Cardiovascular, and Renal Pharmacology)
    *CA-BRN for those taking California Exams
  • Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
  • Endocrine Pharmacology Part 1: Common Disorders
  • Endocrine Pharmacology Part 2: Reproductive Considerations
  • Anti-inflammatory Agents
  • Drugs for Bacterial Infections and Fungal Infections
  • Exam II (Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Reproductive, Anti-Inflammatory, Drugs for Bacterial Infections and Fungal Infections)
  • Drugs for Viral Diseases
12 Prescribing Controlled Substances Module:
  1. Introduction to Prescribing Controlled Substances
  2. Prescribing Controlled Substances Safely
  3. Schedule 2 Controlled Substances: Safety, Addiction, Ethical and Legal Implications of Use Parts 1-4
  • Exploring the Top 20 Drugs
  • Special Topics
  • Ocular Pharmacology 
  • Dermatology Pharmacology
  • Drugs for Headaches 
  • Herbal Preparations 
  • Medication Errors and Risk Reduction 
  • Pain Management Discussion
  • Exam III: (Anti-Virals, Prescribing Controlled Substances Module, Exploring the Top 20 Drugs Module, and Lecture Content from Special Topics)